Know your benefits

December 1, 2016

Eyeglasses and contact lenses

As a member of the UFT Welfare Fund, you and your eligible dependents can obtain an optical service once every two years.

November 3, 2016

Your prescription drug plan

All eligible in-service UFT members and their dependents have prescription drug coverage through the UFT Welfare Fund. There are no waiting periods for this coverage.

October 6, 2016

Transit programs

If you travel to work by public transportation, you can save money by taking part in the City of New York Commuter Benefits Program, which covers New York City and the tri-state area.

September 8, 2016

Dental care

The UFT Welfare Fund provides dental benefits through three types of programs: the Scheduled Benefit Plan, which provides services through our panel or a dentist of your choice; Dentcare, a no-cost dental HMO; and the Florida Dental Discount Plan for year-round Florida residents.

July 7, 2016

Health & Cancer Helpline; Retiree Social Services

Are you or a close family member struggling to cope with a health or mental-health problem? The UFT has created social services to help that are free, strictly confidential and only a phone call away.

June 2, 2016

Using the prescription drug plan this summer

As we head into summer, some of you will be heading out of town or even out of the country. Just remember to take care of your maintenance prescription needs before you pack your bags!

May 5, 2016

COBRA — it keeps you covered

Are you or a family member, because of a change of job or other life circumstance, going to lose your health insurance provided by the Department of Education and your UFT Welfare Fund benefits? You and your family have the right to buy health coverage from your former employer for up to 36 months.

April 7, 2016

Victim Support Program

Did you know that there’s a place to turn for support — both at and away from your work site — when tragedy strikes? 
It’s the Victim Support Program, co-sponsored by the UFT’s Safety and Health Department and the New York City Department of Education.

March 3, 2016

Hearing aids

The UFT Welfare Fund provides a hearing aid benefit of $1,000. The benefit provides one hearing aid every three years (counted from the date of your last purchase).

January 7, 2016

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation can provide valuable benefits if you are a paraprofessional, school nurse or occupational or physical therapist and have a work-related injury or occupational illness.

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